Groundbreaking Marks Start of Wheatstone Construction
PERTH, Western Australia, 1 December, 2011 – Chevron Australia Pty Ltd and its joint venture participants have commemorated the start of construction of the AUD$29 billion Wheatstone natural gas project with a special groundbreaking ceremony at Ashburton North, near Onslow on Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.
Senior executives from Chevron, Apache, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) and Shell were joined at the site of the Wheatstone Project by the Western Australian Premier, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA and other invited dignitaries.
George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron Corporation, said today’s event formally marked the start of construction of one of Chevron and Australia’s largest resource projects.
“We’re constructing a facility that will benefit generations. Like Gorgon, it will produce energy by redefining what technically-complex, environmentally-responsible projects look like in the 21st century,” Kirkland said.
Melody Meyer, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company, said Wheatstone would provide vital supplies of natural gas to Australia and the region.
“Combined with the Gorgon liquefied natural gas project, this further enhances Chevron’s position as a leading supplier of natural gas in the Asia-Pacific region,” Meyer said.
Roy Krzywosinski, managing director, Chevron Australia, added that construction of the project would take about five years with first gas planned for 2016.
"Since the Wheatstone Project was sanctioned in September, preliminary site works have started. The accommodation complex, which will house more than 4,300 construction workers, will be one of the first facilities to be built at the site," Krzywosinski said.
The Wheatstone onshore foundation Project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (73.6 percent), Apache (13 percent), KUFPEC (7 percent), and Shell (6.4 percent).
The foundation project comprises two LNG Trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per annum and a domestic gas plant. It is forecast to create more than 6,500 direct and indirect jobs at peak construction and result in more than AUD$17 billion being spent on Australian goods and services.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for almost 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of its workforce, Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; and operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island and the Thevenard Island oilfields. The company is also a participant in the Browse liquefied natural gas development and is a significant investor in exploration offshore northwest Australia.
In addition, Chevron’s Perth-based Global Technology Centre provides technology support and solutions to the company’s operations in Australia and around the world. www.chevronaustralia.com
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